Author: Mike Hardy

Earth Day Essay & Poster Contest

County Executive Ed Day and the Rockland County Environmental Management Council are hosting the 30th Annual Eleanor Burlingham 5th Grade Earth Day Essay & Poster Contest. This year EMC is giving students the option to creatively address the contest topic through either a 500-word essay, poster, or poem. ...

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A Renewable Energy Movement Comes to Rockland

This fall a collaborative municipal clean energy program launched in Rockland County, transitioning close to one fourth of Rockland’s population onto renewable energy.  

Rockland Community Power, a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program, provides 100% renewable energy at affordable, guaranteed rates and protects consumers from predatory suppliers.  This innovative program is the kind of big, transformative action needed to move us from fossil fuels to the clean energy that will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are contributing to climate change.

And most consumers see a reduction in their utility bill!  A KRB member who subscribes to the program was delighted to find that she will cut the supply portion of her electric bill by more than half! 

We are facing a profound climate crisis.  Scientists are warning that we must cut emissions by 45% worldwide by 2030 in order to avoid runaway climate change.  It’s clear we will need sweeping and systemic change to avoid the worst-case scenarios.  New York State has set ambitious climate goals, including 70% renewable energy for electricity by 2030.  The question is, how do we meet those urgently needed climate goals?

Currently, six Rockland communities having taken a major step toward meeting those goals on the local level by participating in Rockland Community Power. They are: Clarkstown, Orangetown, and the Villages of Haverstraw, Nyack, South Nyack, and Upper Nyack.  These communities have chosen 100% renewable energy as the default option to replace “standard” energy transmitted through Orange & Rockland.  

If you live in one of the six Rockland Community Power communities and you are an Orange & Rockland customer, you should be getting an official welcome letter to the program (on municipal letterhead and signed by your mayor or town supervisor).  If you do nothing, you will be moved seamlessly onto renewable energy when the program launches.  

In fact, the power of CCA is the “opt out” feature, which gives the community leverage as a buying group – and makes all the difference in reducing our carbon footprint as a community.  Customers can ‘opt out’ at any time and without any financial penalty.  

Orange and Rockland will continue as your utility, delivering the energy, maintaining the power lines, and billing customers.

If your energy comes from an alternative supplier (not standard) and you would like to participate in the program, you can easily ‘opt in’ by calling (845) 859-9099, or going online to www.rocklandcommunitypower.com

You can also add on Community Solar, which supports a more local renewable energy source and provides a guaranteed discount of up to 10%! 

If your community is not yet participating in Rockland Community Power and you would like to bring this impactful program to your community, reach out to Community Coordinator, Peggy Kurtz, at Peggy@JouleCommunityPower.com or call 845 859-9099.

ENJOY • EXPLORE • LEARN

Don’t Miss Columbia University Lamont-Doherty’s Open House at Home, October 19 – 22, 2020. 

Whether you’re an aspiring young scientist or a long-time science enthusiast, you’re sure to enjoy the events and activities.  Join in on for virtual lab tours, participate in hands-on earth science activities with Lamont’s scientists from home, and learn from world-renowned researchers about their latest discoveries.

Open House is free and open to the public, with a $5 suggested donation.

More on their K-12 EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

What Is Your Foodprint?  

What we eat, where it comes from, and how its produced has an enormous impact on the environment and on human health.  Our food system is dominated by industrial agriculture comprised of monoculture fields and concentrated animal factories. The industry makes intensive use of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers that contaminate and pollute our air, soil and water. Read more

Thank You M&T Charitable Foundation!

Thank you to M&T Charitable Foundation for its $5,000 contribution in support of Keep Rockland Beautiful’s Environmental Education Programs for Youth and the 2020 Fall Waterways Cleanup Campaign! M&T Charitable Foundation has generously supported KRB’s Annual Awards Gala and our Environmental Education Programs for Youth for several years.  We are fortunate and thankful to have Jennifer Handelsman, Vice President, Business & Professional Banking at M & T Bank as KRB’s Board VP. She has provided warmth, energy and valuable leadership to the organization.  

 

Climate Change and Environmental Justice

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time.  It is seen in the droughts, fires, floods and spread of dangerous invasives and disease that are impacting us today. These environmental impacts are intimately linked to the health and economic and social well-being of everyone, but they are disproportionately affecting the poor – often people of color – here at home and around world.  We have an opportunity and a responsibility to understand the science of climate change and its impacts.  We can all act individually and collectively to reduce our carbon footprint and create resilient, sustainable communities for all.

To learn more about the science of climate change and its impacts: